Expendables Producers Dump Entire Lawsuit; Will They Refile?
from the might-not-be-over-yet dept
One of the most high profile US Copyright Group lawsuits was for producers Nu Image, who made The Expendables movie, which ended up making over $100 million. For some reason, they thought that it would be a good strategy to then shake down a bunch of people who downloaded the movie. In fact, they sued an astounding 23,322 people. After first allowing such subpoenas to go out to identify who was behind those 23,322 IP addresses (though not necessarily behind any infringement), the judge realized that most of those people were not in the proper jurisdiction and dismissed 23,238 of the IPs from the lawsuit.
Now it appears that rather than go forward with the case against the remaining 84 IP addresses, the entire case has been dismissed voluntarily by Nu Image and USCG. That said, the dismissal is without prejudice, meaning that they can refile it. I’m wondering if they’re working on another strategy to try to once again link up a lot more than 84 people. If, instead, Nu Image has realized that perhaps this isn’t a smart strategy, that would be nice to hear… but until there’s confirmation on that front, it seems likely that it’s just looking for a more efficient way to sue its fans.